The Young’uns – twice Best Group winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – have released an incredibly moving and powerful video for Be The Man from their stunning new album, Strangers.

The album was released on 29 September and has received widespread acclaim; even our own review at Louder getting a tag line in the album promo:

“Uplifting, inspiring, it’s time to lay out the red carpet and invite Sean Cooney to step forward as a premier league songwriter. Put your boots on Dark Water as Best Original Song at the BBC Folk AwardsLouder Than War

Strangers contains many songs about real people and their struggles. The Young’uns have been to meet several of these people and have made a series of short videos, entitled ‘The Young’uns Talk To Strangers,’ about the songs and the people involved. They are well worth watching and are all on The Young’Uns YouTube Channel here.

Be the Man was inspired by the incredible story of Matt Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation to tackle religious and cultural homophobia following the tragic death of his fiancé.

The video features Matt himself, looking at pictures of himself and Naz from their time together which is moving enough. However the silence and ambiguity of Matt’s words really are emotional.

In April 2015 he embarked upon The Journey to Find Acceptance and walked one hundred and thirty miles from London to Birmingham.

“Wherever there are hands to hold, that’s where I will be.”

The lyrics and message in this song will speak to so many people and it deserves to be shared far and wide.

The Naz And Matt Foundation seek to never let religion, any religion, come in the way of the unconditional love between parents and their children.

The Young’uns will today  embark on an extensive 20-date UK tour showcasing their widely acclaimed new album Strangers.  The tour will include a debut at London’s Union Chapel and dates at Sage Gateshead (Hall 1), Glasgow’s Oran Mor and The Sugar Club in Dublin – their first headline gig in Ireland.

Support for most dates comes from The Hut People, with singer songwriter Greg Russell opening for the trio in Nottingham and Lincoln.

4  LANCASTER Dukes Theatre  01524 598 500

5  SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)

0114 2 789 789

6  GLASGOW Oran Mor

SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn  

01743 281281 SOLD OUT

OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre  01865 319450

9  COLCHESTER Arts Centre    01206 500900

10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex  01284 758000

11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern 0117 203 4040

12 LONDON Union Chapel  0871 220 0260

13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre 01273 464440

14 LINCOLN Drill Hall 01522 873894

15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club  0871 472 0400.

17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog 01874 611622

18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson 01704 533 333

19 LEEDS City Varieties 0113 243 0808

20 MANCHESTER Home – Folk Festival

21 BIRMINGHAM Mac 0121 446 3232

22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge 01227 831493

24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club

27 GATESHEAD Sage 1 0191 443 4661


For more on the Naz and Matt Foundation, click here.

The Young’uns website is here

They are also on Facebook , and tweet as @theyoungunstrio


Words by Dominic Walsh. You can read more from Dominic at his author’s archive here. Dominic also tweets as @dtwalsh83.



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